The Fifth House

The fifth is traditionally the house of children. It represents our capacity to have children and shows the kind of relationship we will have with them. Afflicted it either denies children or limits happiness with them. (Though, for the woman, the fifth from the Moon is often more important for children than the fifth from the Ascendant).

It is the house of creativity in general. On a higher level, it shows creative intelligence, our capacity for original thinking. Along similar lines it indicates our capacity to give good advice and to counsel others. In this regard it is important for lawyers and politicians. Generally, it is the most important house for judging our level of intelligence (as opposed to mere intellect), a factor which is not considered relative to this house in Western astrology. On the spiritual level, it is the house of the Ishta Devata, the chosen deity we worship in life, and indicates our aspirations. It shows our devotion, the truth which our guiding star. Like the ninth it is a house of grace and, even more so than the ninth, a house of good karma and shows the resources or merits (or lack of them) we bring into life, our blessing and curses. It is the house of mantra and shows our proficiency in using our words and thoughts with spiritual power. It is a house of love, higher or lower. In this way it indicates romance and is the house of the beloved (not necessarily the marriage partner). It is thereby a house of pleasure, enjoyment, sport and recreation, and shows what we love to do. It is another house of wealth and fortune. As such it shows our capacity to gain through speculation (like the stock market); how we can gain through our productions, creations, recreation and imagination.

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